I'd rather be lucky than good
I come to you from the main press box at Yankee Stadium, and things are warming up at T-minus three hours till game time. The players have arrived, and they’re signing stuff, trading stuff and getting their free iPods and other goodies. The media have arrived and staked out our work spaces. And at this moment, it appears the gates have opened to fans, and the AL stars are taking batting practice.
I’ve already had a pretty full day. Along with fellow dot-commers Alyson Footer, Anthony Castrovince and Corey Brock, I recorded a “roundtable” video program at MLB.com’s studios in Chelsea. Then I picked up some Fat Witch brownies (hi, Erin!) and completed the Manhattan Espresso Tour with a shot at Ninth Street Espresso’s location in Chelsea Market.
From there it was on to The Stadium, with stops for plenty of photos between when I arrived on the subway and when I actually walked through the press gate. Made a visit to Monument Park, my first time ever going out there, and yeah, it was very cool.
One thing I’ve noticed all day — everybody is taking photos. Media, stadium and league officials, security and police, everybody. This event is a big deal.
So I came upstairs and set up in the main box, where I’m extremely lucky to be stationed tonight. I’ve never seen an All-Star Game from anywhere other than a workroom, so this will be special.
The highlight of the day so far for me, though, came shortly thereafter. I ran across some Cardinals officials, and knowing that one of my assignments tonight is a story on starting the countdown to the 2009 game, I asked one official if he had a few minutes to spare.
But he did much more than spare a few minutes — I was invited along on their tour of the stadium. While a large delegation of Cards representatives saw all the things they’ve done to Yankee Stadium to prepare it for the All-Star Game, I got to tag along. All the nooks and crannies, all the rooms they converted into special-purpose spaces for just this week. Very, very cool, and simply a product of some perfect timing.
Now it’s time to start looking ahead to the game, and this may be my last post tonight on OYNAG. That’s because I’ll be live-blogging the game for MLB.com. Come on over to AllStarGame.MLBlogs.com, starting at about 6 pm CT, for frequent updates throughout the evening.
-M, off to buy souvenirs.